The term “Women’s Health” covers health concerns for women from adolescences to menopause. While some concerns such as incontinence, breast cancer and post-natal depression may require a specialist or Women’s Health Physiotherapist, this is not always the case. The majority of physiotherapists can still assist you with common Women’s Health problems such as incontinence and pelvic floor, and if your particular issue requires further assistance they will refer you on.
Did you know that 1 in 2 Australian women have a chronic disease? Exercise has been well documented to help with mental health, protecting you against chronic conditions and supporting you as you age by keeping your bones strong. It is currently recommended that women do at least 150min of moderate activity or 75min of vigorous activity per week. It is also recommended to do 2 sessions of strength training per week. Strength training does not have to mean hitting the gym. You can do simple body weight exercises at home or at the park such as planks, squats and bridges.
Physiotherapists can help with pain and reduced range of motion or strength for many Women’s Health issues. You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. It is important to address any injuries or issues before starting any exercise program. Read more about our expert physiotherapists to find the right Physio for you. Ensure that you give your physiotherapist a good detailed description of your problem, include your functional difficulties and your goals of what you want to be able to do. Once you start to get improvement you can look at doing exercise that might interest you.
If you feel that you really just need to get a bit fitter, then find a good Exercise Physiologist to help get your exercise regime back on track. Our Exercise Physiologist run a number of different classes from group strength, core fusion, which blends pilates-informed exercises with mat work strengthening. There is something for every age group and fitness level. We tailor the program to suit your level. See our current timetable for some ideas.
Tips for staying active
Exercise with a friend:
Exercising with your partner, friends or family increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your new exercise routine. Grab a buddy and get moving! Being held accountable for exercising with someone, and supporting each other’s goals is proven to increase the amount of exercise you do.
The most common reasons for not exercising, is lack of time. It’s all about planning and prioritising. Your health is what’s most important. Even if it’s a 10-20 minute walk in your lunch break each day – something is better than nothing.
Exercise isn’t supposed to be a chore. Hate the gym? Don’t go! Find an exercise that you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it. If you find yourself getting bored, change up your exercise routine, take it to the park or do something different.
Every bit counts:
Don’t forget to make the most of incidental exercise. Take the stairs. Park your car further away from work or the shops. Opt for standing instead of sitting. It all adds up and every little bit counts.